THE GROVE - BIO In the backwater badlands between the heart of the Delta Blues and the capital of Country Music many different styles and sounds were starting to mutate into a sonic brew that was less style, more substance, a little less country, and a little more rock-n-roll, great taste and less filling ' A five man powerhouse that would be known as THE GROVE. Webster's defines a grove as being a group of trees with the same root system, and that's a pretty accurate description of the band. With all five members hailing from hard working musical families and cutting their teeth on local music scenes before they had lost their baby teeth, each one brought a unique attitude, sound, and perspective. Jonathan Singleton, a one man band, who at one time or another had played and learned almost every instrument known to man stepped up to the plate as front man and lead guitarist, squeezing as much emotion from the burnt frets of his guitar as his gritty smoke and soul-covered vocal chords. Josh Smith comes in covering lead vocals and rhythm guitar and complimenting the rough and real delivery of Jonathan's with a voice as smooth as glass and sweet as molasses. The funk is with Andy Dixon, youngest member of THE GROVE. Blending the mastery of Victor Wooten with the soul of Larry Graham and the melodic sensibility of Paul McCartney, Andy's subsonic assaults and energetic performance continue to make him a bassist's bassist. William Coats meets Andy's musical challenges with laid back authority and rhythmic domination ' changing tempos and time signatures like the channels on a television. A lifetime student of concert sound performance and music in general, professional isn't Willie's middle name''..but it should be. Rounding out the equation of THE GROVE is keyboardist Dave Thomas. Classically trained but ultimately a slave to the groove, Dave's musical journey took him through hard core metal clubs to smoke-filled juke joints and halfway across the world before he crossed paths and joined forces with the Musical Army that is THE GROVE. 2003 saw the release of the group's long awaited debut album More Than People. It is a promising first statement from five dedicated young poor white boys who are all about the music.
The love of music has always been in the heart of Dewayne Petty a.k.a "Pettidee". When you hear the name Pettidee, know that it equals raw, hard hitting music filled with encouragement and inspiration. "When it comes to music, producing is my first love", and you can surely tell by his detailed tracks. Dewayne Petty changed the world in 1973, born in Tallahassee, FL and raised in Jacksonville, FL. He certainly knew what it meant when you say the words 'dysfunctional childhood". He's been through it all, from physical and sexual abuse to life in the streets as a hustler. He then found an outlet through music, and in 1988 "Pettidee" was born. From just making amateur loops on his boom box to the excellence you hear today. Pettidee accepted the call on his life and through God, did a 180 degree. He didn't just sit on his gift he acted quickly. He talks to the youth at juvenile shelters and inmates in prison with his life story and something he calls "the truth". He tell upcoming artists, "In this industry, talent comes a dime a dozen. There are MC's that can rap circles around me, but can you contribute good things to the youth' Can you serve', can you take the fact that this is 10% music and 90% how you live'". Being in the industry for over 10 years, he's learned a lot and still learning, with the support of his wife and two kids. Since he made his undying commitment to his creator, he's become a vocal tool that's not just sitting in the toolbox. Everyday Pettidee's career accelerates beyond measure due to his love for music, creativity in producing and his intense desire to show the youth the traps set out for their lives. There is a solution to your problems. Pettidee says, "It's all God." *Performs at prisons such as Railroad CI, Madison CI, and juvenile facilities in Florida and North Carolina *Tour Schedule include locations like Alaska, Jamaica & Hawaii; FL to CA *Two music videos are in rotation on TBN's 'Real Videos', The Word Network, and BET's 'Lift Every Voice'. 1. Devils Get Dropped 2000 (Album: Still Alive) 2. Party, Party feat. Lisa McClendon (Album: Legacy: Vol.1) *Received award for 'New Artist of the Year' at the Holy Hip Hop Awards *Received awards for 'Best Hip Hop Artist of the Year' and 'Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year' at Norman Denson's 'Faith Awards' *1999-Performed at 'Celebrate 4000', a youth rally in Jacksonville, FL (also linked by satellite to an event in Denver) to remember the students slain in Columbine High School massacre *1999-Featured in Florida's state newspaper. It reads 'Local Hip-Hop Artist goes International Status' *2000-Performed at event in Buffalo, NY at Six Flags called 'Kingdom Bound' *2001-Special Guest on the teen show in Miami, FL called 'Youth Impact' *2002-Special guest at Creflo Dollar's, World Changers church youth conference, 'Face to Face' *2001, 2002 & 2003. Special Guest Minister of New Light Christian Center, Houston, TX 'Spiritual Encounter'youth conference Pettidee's Song Writing Credits Music featured on WB's reality teen show 'Ultimate Show' Produced for national recording group, GRITS (Album: Articles of Translation) (song: Love Child) Produced and wrote for three of his own projects: Still Alive Legacy, Vol.1 Legacy, Vol.2 'Street Music'
Whiskey Ricard moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the winter of 2006, relocating from Tallahassee, Florida and their home on the Florida State music scene. It was time to bring thir music to more people and places, and they have been loving every minute of it. "Nashville has opened our eyes to what it means to be in a real band," says Scott Taylor. "You can go to any bar on a Monday night and watch amazing bands playing 80s covers for tips, only to realize halfway through that these bands are composed of the best sidemen in the business. It makes you realize what you are up against." For the past 4 years, Whiskey Richard has been tearing up the Southeast music scene. Chris Dreyer and Scott Taylor met in the spring of 2001 while studying abroad in London. They recorded a demo and had their first taste of performing live at London's famed 12 Bar Club. "Playing in London was great because we had the support of all the kids on our program," Dreyer recalls. "We would book a small club and pack the place. It was a great introduction to performing my music live, but it was humbling to come back to the states and start from scratch." They knew they had something special and began to focus on getting their music heard. Dreyer and Taylor paid their dues as an acoustic act on the music scene at Florida State University, performing at every bar, dive, club, and party they could get their hands on. After over 100 shows for the booze/the door/tips/you name it, reality set in: it was time to build a full band from the ground up. Both players had a lot of experience performing, Dreyer received a degree from FSU in theatre, Taylor received his in music performance... on the trumpet. Taylor notes, "Guitar was something I always did, but never really focused on. I played the trumpet in school and got a scholarship for it, so I just stuck with it." Dreyer began playing guitar in college. "I never had any training," he concedes. "I just started learning bit by bit, and along with it, starting writing songs. As I got better at the playing, I got more adventurous with the writing, but the writing was always a big part of expressing myself. There are songs that we play in this band that I wrote within the first year of learning to play." After finding some players, the boys starting booking bigger shows and began playing out of town at neighboring college and beach towns. "We got a chance to play before we were really that great," says Chris, "but I think that really got us ready to perform quicker... because we had to entertain these crowds." Their big break came when they got their first gigs at Bullwinkle's in Tallahassee. It has named one of the Top 20 College Bars in America by Playboy. Mark Raudabaugh and Andrew Altman, the current rhythm section, came onboard during this time. "We had been playing in some cheesy cover bands," noted Altman, "and felt like this was a group in which we could really contribute and were excited to flesh out Chris's original material." Mark agreed. "The potential was immediately evident, and the quality of the writing blew me away." After playing 200 shows at Bullwinkle's and establishing a touring presence in the Southeast, the group decided to relocate to Nashville. "Nashville seemed like the next logical step," explains Dreyer. "All the label and A & R feedback we have received has come from Nashville. It is a songwriter's town, and it is a great place to tour from, being centrally located. " Taylor added, "We have so much planned for the next year: a few Southeast tours, an East Coast tour up to New York City, the West Coast in January. Moving to Nashville really was the catalyst for us to get busy and become a real band. We have been having a such a great time doing it. We can't complain."
"SUPER T!" "SUPER TYRONE!" "TYRONE SMITH!" It doesn't matter what name you use, the Tyrone Smith Revue has been the number one dance & show band throughout the South for over 28 years! From classic rock to funky soul, Tyrone Smith knows how to entertain an audience. His renowned "Super T" show is second to none.
The BLUESBERRY JAM BAND came together at a time of “open mics and jam sessions” in Jackson, Tennessee. This formation started during September 2004 and developed into a mixture of 5 guys all over 50 years of age with a total of approximately 138 years total experience with a range of 3 to 40 years experience and within a radius of 25 miles of Jackson, Tn. where many of legends of the blues came from and played at including such bluesmen that called Jackson and Brownsville, Tn. their home. A couple of the most experienced have played with Denise LaSalle crossing the USA and overseas tours. The others have worked extensively with many well known local groups across the West Tennessee areas. The BLUESBERRY JAM BAND began with an interest in charitable events, bike nites, and following the “chittlin circuit” of performers from years ago. The music is built upon the delta blues style with a mixture of some of the 60’s & 70’s for the die hard baby boomers. The styles and performances soon won over different cultures and age generations. Today, the BLUESBERRY JAM BAND concentrates on having fun, working festivals, doing as many charitable events as possible and staying out on the “chittlin circuit” from time to time.
Nashville's Most Exciting Party Band! The Respectables play the best dance music from the last 5 decades. Do you want to see how much fun you can have at your event' Experience the energy of 'THE RESPECTABLES ' We're more than just music. What we do' It’s simple… The Respectables are a top-notch professional party band that loves to keep the crowd happy and entertained. We provide for the most complete entertainment experience for weddings or corporate events. With an extensive playlist and highly qualified members, the Respectables simply can’t be beat. Why a free DJ' It’s simple… We know many of our clients have a hard time deciding on whether to hire a Band or a DJ. So we deliver both. When the band’s not playing or taking a break the DJ whips into action to make sure the party doesn’t stop. So we offer the DJ service for FREE when you book the Respectables. The way we figure it, you can choose not to have the DJ, but why not' We throw it in for free.